September 23, 2022

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Findl O. Opening Ceremony — Address by the President. Presented at the meeting of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons; September 16-20, 2022; Milano.

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MILAN — Support for Ukraine and sustainability are two key projects of the European Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgeons, Olivier FindlMD, MBA, FEBO, president of the ESCRS, said during the meeting here.

In addition to providing free memberships, observer status and travel grants to Ukrainian colleagues since the start of the conflict, ESCRS and industry partners have helped provide necessary supplies, particularly for ophthalmic trauma care.


“From two storage locations, one in Poland and the other in the west of the country, equipment such as slit lamps, vitreoretinal surgery platforms and endoscopes as well as products Pharmaceuticals are directed to a number of hospitals where trauma is treated,” Findl said.

ESCRS is also committed to improving the sustainability of the company’s activities.

“We try to measure, reduce and offset carbon emissions. For this 2022 congress, the anticipated carbon emission was 12,000 tonnes of CO2, mainly from vol. We have encouraged delegates to use climate-friendly transport, 50% of the food is vegetarian, 70% is locally sourced and unavoidable carbon emissions will be offset by investing in a portfolio of carbon offset projects,” said Findl.

Exhibitors were given the opportunity to compete for a sustainable exhibit award.

“Johnson & Johnson won the award for the innovative design of its stand, which is 50% made from recycled sources and 90% reusable in other meetings, for its communication on the stand regarding sustainability and because it carried out carbon offsetting for 100% of CO2 emissions from the electricity used at the stand and from team travel,” Findl said.

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